New security measures at Richmond DSS after intern stole 3 cars


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The City of Richmond is taking steps to ensure its city vehicles are not stolen after an intern drove off with three cars last month. 

The City Auditor’s Office told 8News there have already been new security measures put in place at the Department of Social Services, where the cars were stolen from. 

Last month, 8News learned that a youth intern at DSS, who was supposed to be washing and detailing city vehicles, managed to take three cars. 

Richmond and Henrico Police were able to recover the stolen vehicles.

8News learned there are new protocols for monitoring mileage. A gate has also been installed at the DSS parking lot, in an attempt to restrict anyone without a City ID. 

Many are wondering how the incident happened in the first place. One issue is that nobody asked the intern for the keys after they cleaned the cars.  

“We did see that documentation wasn’t maintained properly, how the keys were distributed and received back wasn’t done properly,” said Craig Johnson, an investigation manager from the Richmond Office of Inspector General.  

The intern was arrested and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office is currently handling the case. 

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